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Slaughterhouse-Five
4.06
really liked it
This isn't my first time reading Slaughterhouse-Five but it's my first time reading it as an adult. I went through a phase from about 17 to 21 where I ...more
Oct 14, 2015
Oct 14, 2015
 
Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
3.98
liked it
I read Catch 22 immediately on the back of reading The Crying of Lot 49 and while both possess a strain of insanity, Catch 22's was entirely more unde ...more
Oct 05, 2015
Oct 04, 2015
 
The Divine Comedy
4.06
liked it
This is the fourth translation of The Divine Comedy I've read. The first being The Portable Dante which was bad, the second was an annotated copy of t ...more
Feb 21, 2016
Feb 20, 2016
 
Cat's Cradle
4.18
liked it
There's a sadness I face each time I finish a Kurt Vonnegut novel as I know there is one less out there for me to read. With Cat's Cradle off the list ...more
Oct 05, 2015
Oct 04, 2015
 
The Crying of Lot 49
3.70
really liked it
I picked up The Crying of Lot 49 during some long ago time when I visited libraries and didn't like audiobooks. I got about four pages in and got angr ...more
Sep 28, 2015
Sep 28, 2015
 
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
4.55
it was ok
I didn't enjoy this book. It felt derivative, had uninspired writing, failed to create an understandable world, and was rude to the reader's time. If ...more
Nov 06, 2015
Nov 06, 2015
 
A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories
4.24
it was ok
When reading literature I'll try to do a little homework ahead of time. Maybe I'll learn a little about the author or about the time in which a book w ...more
Nov 06, 2015
Nov 06, 2015
 
The Adventures of Augie March
3.85
really liked it
I didn't expect to find this book so compelling. 22 hours (I consume most things as audiobooks) of simple narrative about a single character seemed li ...more
Dec 16, 2015
Dec 16, 2015
 
The Bone Clocks
3.81
liked it
I read Cloud Atlas over one 24-hour period and found it captivating. I remember standing in my kitchen staring out the window as I listened to the six ...more
Dec 31, 2015
Jan 02, 2016
 
The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe, #1)
4.04
really liked it
The Big Sleep is the first novel of this type that I've ever touched and I decided to on the recommendation of Adam Savage. The closest prior was "The ...more
Dec 16, 2015
Dec 16, 2015
 
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)
4.51
really liked it
Books often run into a problem in that the number of pages left suggests how long the reader has before there will simply be no more book. As the numb ...more
Nov 06, 2015
Nov 06, 2015
 
Brave New World
3.97
really liked it
I first read Brave New Worlds sometime in high school after being made to read 1984. Ultimately, I found Brave New Worlds to be the better of the two, ...more
Nov 06, 2015
Nov 06, 2015
 
The Windup Girl
3.74
liked it
The Windup Girl tied with The City & The City for the Nebula Awards in 2010. I loved the latter so I was hoping I'd enjoy the former. While the bo ...more
not set
Jan 17, 2016
 
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
4.30
really liked it
My favorite part of the book is easily the last quarter when the Speaker for the Dead parts begin to come out. Only later did I learn that Ender's Gam ...more
Dec 29, 2016
Dec 28, 2016
 
The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #1)
4.00
really liked it
The Three Body Problem was a fascinating look at science fiction with the added twist of the effects of China's Cultural Revolution. The book combines ...more
May 26, 2016
May 26, 2016
 
A Canticle for Leibowitz
3.97
liked it
A Canticle for Liebowitz is a set of three short stories that has set off a fusillade of later works by others. THe premise is of an order of monks th ...more
Sep 28, 2015
Sep 28, 2015
 
Stories of Your Life and Others
4.27
really liked it
Stories of Your Life
I don't have much experience with short story collections. The thought that one author could create some distinct set of universes
...more
Nov 29, 2016
Nov 29, 2016
 
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4.17
really liked it
I rarely have much to say about "literature". It's not my home turf and I'm not sure what criterion I'm supposed to use to consider it to prove that I ...more
May 07, 2015
May 10, 2015
 
10:04
3.69
really liked it
It's exceedingly rare that I find a modern work of "literature" to be enjoyable. This is one such exception. Ben Lerner does a good job of creating ch ...more
Jul 10, 2015
Jul 13, 2015
 
About Grace
3.43
liked it
About Grace is beautifully crafted. Doerr has a command of cadence and language that is unparalleled but the book otherwise leaves much to be desired. ...more
Apr 19, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
 
Childhood's End
4.09
it was amazing
After some reflection, I feel that Childhood's End is the best science fiction book I have yet read. It both projects into a future past without datin ...more
Oct 28, 2011
Oct 31, 2011
 
Pale Fire
4.19
really liked it
My dislike for mostmodernism stems from a deep dislike for using the wonderful as an ingredient in the putrid. Why write a perfectly lovely book only ...more
Jan 31, 2012
Jan 31, 2012
 
The Time Traveler's Wife
3.95
it was ok
I read this book as a bit of a trade with a friend and while it had its moments, The Time Traveler's Wife is very much a book I would recommend to no ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
 
Earth Abides
3.96
liked it
I am not normally a fan of anything approaching the post-apocalyptic. Civilization, on the whole, is kinda cool, and its destruction as the starting p ...more
Mar 11, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
 
Water for Elephants
4.07
liked it
I've been told my reviews can be somewhat negative. So I've struck that through.
Water for Elephants was somewhat enjoyable but its excessive tidiness
...more
Mar 05, 2013
Mar 06, 2013
 
Ready Player One
4.31
liked it
"Ready Player One" is a book that I would call "fun" if its writing and plotting were tighter. Eventually, I found the mediocre writing got in the way ...more
Oct 18, 2011
Oct 18, 2011
 
Kill Decision
3.95
liked it
Kill Decision is a technothriller/present day science fiction piece about the move from soldiers, to drones, to autonomous combat robots. The story is ...more
Nov 18, 2012
Nov 20, 2012
 
All the King's Men
4.08
really liked it
All The King's Men subjects itself to something I call the narrator paradox which happens when the writing is so skillful it tries credulity that the ...more
Oct 12, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
 
The Bonfire of the Vanities
3.81
really liked it
I have been to the where of this book but never the when and for this I am glad. The New York City of the 1980s is so utterly alien to the one I've ex ...more
Dec 06, 2011
Dec 01, 2011
 
A Confederacy of Dunces
3.89
it was ok
A Confederacy of Dunces hit my radar when I was about 6. My local library had a copy of it on cassette tape and I found this fascinating. Later I re-e ...more
Nov 05, 2014
Nov 07, 2014
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